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Overview of the MEET Conference


The objective of the MEET is to enhance international collaborative efforts in the transport sector to address climate change and air pollution issues, through productive and forward-looking discussions among relevant ministers of major countries.

Invited Countries


  • Climate change is among the greatest challenges of our time, which requires long-term global efforts and is attracting worldwide attention more than ever.
  • In particular, a post-2012 framework has been the focus of discussions in international fora, including the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit meeting (July 2008) as well as COP14 (December 2008; Poznań, Poland).

  • The transport sector currently accounts for 23% of the world's CO2 emissions. The emissions from the sector are expected to grow further, particularly in developing countries due to their rapid economic growth
    (→World CO2 Esmissons)
  • It is imperative for the transport sector to accelerate its international efforts in order to find the way for achieving both economic growth and environmental protection.

Expected Outcome of the Conference

  • The Conference is expected to issue the Ministerial Declaration that outlines prospective actions to facilitate domestic efforts of each country and to enhance international cooperation in the transport sector.
  • The Conference will also seek to accelerate international discussions and efforts through international organizations including UNFCCC, ICAO and IMO.

Date and Venue

Invited Countries (22 in total)

  • G8 member countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, United Kingdom and United States)
  • Australia
  • China
  • India
  • Korea
  • ASEAN member countries (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam)

Invited International/Regional Organizations (9 in total)

  • ASEAN Secretariat
  • European Commission (EC)
  • International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
  • International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • International Maritime Organization (IMO)
  • International Transport Forum (ITF)
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (UNECE/WP.29)
  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat
  • The World Bank

(Last updated: January 19, 2009)